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Hi All,

I made a tombstone for a friend of mine. I used 2 coats of Drylok and 2 coats of paint as a base before aging it. After one Halloween season, the pink foam started to show through the paint. Has this happened to anyone before? I can't find any other instances of this happening.

Thank you!

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This happened to me last year. When I was setting up I noticed pink showing through 2 stones. I cut them from the same piece. My only thought was that I may have gotten something oil like on the foam before I painted it. It was not the paint as I just bought it.
I'm sorry I don't have any solutions other than a repaint. I just did a quick can of grey and dirtyed it up. Lasted the season.
I checked them a few days ago and I don't see any pink. But it was also in my shed in low light. I should pull them out and check before it's to late.
 

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Same issue, i just keep a brush and the paint handy and touch them up when I see it. Another issue I have is stray cats like to use them as a scratching post. I use the heat knife to make it look like more cracks, but man it gets to be a pain in the butt.
 

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I had the same problem with some of my stones, the paint wore off over the year in storage so I'm patching them as I go. Luckily, I made new bases for all of my stones and they are getting the paint and stone treatment so it's no extra work to slap some paint and texture on the areas that need it. I need to do a serious clear coat to keep it from happening again next year.
 

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Mine get worn on the edges where they rub against each other during storage. I have had paint peel from foam that wasn't properly cleaned. I lightly sand the foam before painting and using a primer first helps.
 

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Thankfully for me I've been using white foam for all of my stones. So if there's any foam showing, it just kind of blends in with the rest of the stone. I haven't had any issues, but I'm totally keeping this in mind when picking up foam for my next round of tombstones. All my white foam was free from work, but I no longer work at the place so I'll probably have to actually start buying it.
For now, I do have two stones that were nicked during last season and need some touchup before going out this year. I consider an opportunity to rework some of the paint jobs on my stones since I'm still learning how to paint them so they look real-ish.
 
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